15 Popular Printing Business Ideas You Could Start in 2024

As a small business consultant who has helped dozens of entrepreneurs start and grow successful printing companies, I‘m excited to share my picks for the top printing business ideas that are in-demand and have strong profit potential in 2024.

The global printing industry is projected to reach $1.01 trillion by 2027, with a CAGR of 2.4% from 2022 to 2027 (Grand View Research). This growth is being driven by rising demand for customized, on-demand printing across marketing, packaging, textiles, décor and publishing segments.

If you have the passion and drive to start your own printing business, the possibilities are endless. Let‘s explore some of the most lucrative ideas:

Promotional Products Printing

The promotional products industry alone is worth $24.9 billion in the US (PPAI), with demand for custom-printed giveaways on the rise.

Profit Potential: High-profit margins as custom pieces can be billed at a premium. Low startup costs if outsourcing printing initially.

Opportunity: Help businesses and non-profits make branded merch for tradeshows, employee gifts etc. Offer services like screen printing, digital printing, embroidery.

Tips to Succeed: Invest in quality printing equipment, build relationships with promotional consultants, focus on excellent customer service.

Short-run Book Printing

The print-on-demand book publishing market is valued at $13.48 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 18.47% through 2028 (Fortune Business Insights).

Profit Potential: High-profit business with minimum wastage and ability to charge premium for urgent deliveries.

Opportunity: Offer short-run digital printing of books/magazines for indie authors, businesses, churches etc. Provide printing + distribution.

Tips to Succeed: Use print-on-demand technology to eliminate inventory, acquire top-quality color printing equipment, focus on rapid turnarounds.

Die Cut Sticker Printing

The global sticker printing market, valued at $48.92 billion in 2021, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2022 to 2030 (Grand View Research).

Profit Potential: High-profit margins, low startup costs for basic sticker printing business. Room for expansion into decals, labels etc.

Opportunity: Print creative, customized vinyl stickers for customers based on their designs or your templates. Target online resellers.

Tips to Succeed: Stay updated on sticker material trends, invest in a vinyl cutter/printer, leverage targeted social media ads. Offer premium finishes like glitter, neon colors.

Labor Cost Breakdown for 1,000 Stickers:

Expense Cost
Vinyl Material $60
Ink $20
Labor $40
Total $120

Potential Profit Margin per 1,000 Stickers: $380 ($500 minus $120 cost)

This is just a snippet of some of the most promising and profitable printing business models for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2024. The opportunities are endless whether you are interested in packaging prototypes, textile printing, vehicle wraps or print signage.

The key is to identify a high-demand niche, invest in quality printing equipment and materials, master digital marketing, focus on excellent client service, and keep learning the latest techniques and industry innovations. With the right business acumen and passion, you can build a thriving printing company that allows you to monetize your creative skills.

As your business advisor, I‘m happy to help you brainstorm ideas, create business plans, and take the first steps on your entrepreneurial journey in the dynamic printing industry! Let‘s connect to explore how we can turn your dream into reality.